PDSD Introduction

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The STCW Convention and Code as amended by the Manila amendments (2010) contains new requirements regarding security training. This training is required by all personnel employed or engaged onboard ships to which the ISPS Code applies. These regulations came into force in January 2012.


  • All seafarers with designated security duties within the ship security plan will be required to hold a “Proficiency in Designated Security Duties” (PDSD) certificate.

IMSA is proud to introduce their brand new MCA approved  “Proficiency in Designated Security Duties” course.

Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) training is carried out by MCA & DfT Maritime accredited trainers with the highest levels of maritime security experience so when you come to us for maritime security training of any kind you can be sure you are getting the best in the industry.

Please click on the link below to see the MCA document outlining this new security training requirement :

MCA Briefing for New Security Training Requirement

” I have just attended the new PDSD course for seafarers and having already completed the SSO course 3 years ago, thought it would be good to refresh and update myself on any new thinking or legislation. As an MSO I found it really useful to know that in the future all seafarers will have a greater understanding of their responsibilities for security to others, the vessel and cargo, especially with the worldwide threat to the security of vessels.

The course itself was very well structured and more importantly aimed at the correct level. I really enjoyed the class participation exercise which brought together all the previous modules and put it all together.

Many thanks to Nick Williams (IMSA) for a very interesting couple of days and a well delivered course.”

Steve Wheeler MSO

Course Objectives

On completion of the training, the trainees will have sufficient knowledge, understanding and skills enabling them undertake designated security duties onboard ship, including the ability to:

  • Maintain the conditions set out in a ship security plan;
  • Recognise security risk and threats;
  • Undertake regular security inspections; and
  • Properly use security equipment and systems;

Who Should Attend?

All seafarers & security personnel who have designated security duties under the Ships Security Plan, including anti-piracy and anti-armed robbery related activities.

Former armed forces personnel looking to move into maritime security who will need this knowledge and certification as a requirement of their position. Also those with a Maritime background looking to work in Ship/Offshore Security.

Those carrying out personal close protection and/or ship protection duties on ISPS Code compliant ships do not need to hold SSO qualifications unless they are the designated SSO on the vessel in which they are serving. However, as they will be carrying out ships security duties they will have to hold an MCA approved or recognised Certificate of Proficiency in Designated Security Duties


On successful completion of the course, candidates will be issued the MCA approved STCW’78-95 , as amended, Regulation VI/6 paragraph 4 and STCW Code Section A-VI/6 paragraph 6 to 8 “Proficiency in Designated Security Duties” certificate.

Included In The Course:

  • Full course materials
  • Internationally recognised certificate
  • Lunch and refreshments

Course Duration:

1 day



IMSA also deliver this training in Greece & Cyprus for our partner Levantine Training Centre.


Course Price:

£220 + VAT

Standard Learning Credits:

You are able to claim 80% of your course fees up to a maximum of £175 per Financial Year, using the SLC Scheme.

Download the MOD Form 1950 here

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